Sunday, July 23, 2017

In-Win D Frame Mini Giveaway Winner!

Check your inbox folks, we just sent out a notification e-mail to the winner of the In-Win D Frame Mini giveaway! I want to thank all of you for making these giveaways such a success. Our next contest starts Monday and runs through Friday, July 28th.

Friday, July 21, 2017

VisionTek SoundTube Pro Wireless Speaker Review

Another review of the VisionTek SoundTube Pro wireless speaker popped up on the internet today. This time around it is the crew at LanOC doing the reviewing. You can see our evaluation here for comparison purposes.

Even VisionTek who I would normally associate with video cards has gotten into the market. They have their SoundTube Pro Wireless Speaker with a pill like shape only with a large grill across both the front and back. So they sent one over, curious what we thought of it so today I’m going to see what it is all about and find out if it is a good pickup to take out with you this summer while you are enjoying the weather.

American MvGee's Out of the Woods Kickstarter

My friend American McGee has a new project on Kickstarter that I think many of you will be interested in!

Destiny 2 Beta Open To Console Owners

For those of you interested, the Destiny 2 Beta is now open to Xbox One and PS4 owners. PC owners have to wait until next month for beta access.

CORSAIR to Host Charity Livestream Event to Benefit Save the Children

CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, high-performance gaming hardware and PC components is holding its first gaming-themed charity livestream event on July 29. The all-day event, taking place at CORSAIR HQ in Fremont, will benefit Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization that works to ensure that every last child has a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Eight of CORSAIR’s top gaming influencers – including AnneMunition, MANvsGAME and Bajheera – will be participating in a tournament-style stream divided up into two teams and competing against each other to raise the most money for Save the Children. CORSAIR will be matching every dollar up to $25,000 that is raised during the event.

The two influencer teams will participate in a wide variety of games including shooters, MOBAs and strategy games. Donators can decide which team to cheer for by donating to that team and choosing different “challenges” for the team to face while playing. Both team’s donations will be combined at the end of the stream for one grand total for Save the Children. When certain donation goals are reached, CORSAIR will be giving away prizes such as CORSAIR GLAIVE RGB mice, VOID USB headsets, and MM800 RGB POLARIS mouse mats. If $25,000 is reached during the stream, CORSAIR will give away a grand prize of a CORSAIR ONE.

Evoluent Reduced Reach Right Handed Keyboard

The crew at techPowerUp has done a review of the Evoluent Reduced Reach keyboard today.

Aha, so this is how they went about reducing reach without sacrificing dedicated keys and their functionality - Evoluent chose to put the Num Pad on the left side of the keyboard instead. They actually do mention this version to be for right-handed users given the standard 104-key form factor helps left-handed uses already.

ASUS PRIME X299-A Review

Head on over to Vortez and check out their review of the ASUS PRIME X299-A motherboard.

Today we turn to ASUS for a look at what they have to offer by way of the PRIME X299-A. Positioned as a mid-range offering in the X299 arena, this motherboard is laden with a good selection of features and thanks to a design overhaul, a fresh aesthetic is one of its major talking points.

Apacer Z280 M.2 PCIe 240GB SSD Review

There is a review of the Apacer Z280 M.2 PCIe 240GB SSD posted today at NikKTech that you guys really should check out.

It’s been a while since we last had anything from Apacer in our lab so the arrival of the Z280 made it possible for us to see just how they’ve been doing recently. The Z280 may not be the fastest M.2 NVMe SSD in the market today (double the DDR3 RAM would probably improve things quite a bit) but with performance easily surpassing 2000MB/s in read and 1000MB/s in write (in our tests always) we think that most users will be delighted to have such performance levels in their systems.

Linkin Park Frontman Commits Suicide

What in the hell is going on in the music industry right now?

Law enforcement officials responded to an emergency call from Bennington’s home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, around 9 a.m., an officer told PEOPLE. TMZ reports Bennington, 41, hanged himself and was discovered by an employee. Bennington’s band mate, guitarist and vocalist Mike Shinoda, confirmed the news on Twitter Thursday, writing: “Shocked and heartbroken, but it’s true. An official statement will come out as soon as we have one.”

Twitter Says It's Winning The War On Harassment

I think we need a third party to verify this claim because, as far as I can tell, Twitter is the same cesspool it was a year ago.

While there is still much work to be done, people are experiencing significantly less abuse on Twitter today than they were six months ago. What follows is some new data on the progress we’ve made, what we’ve learned, and our plans to continue improving.

ASUS ROG Introduces Crosshair VI Extreme AM4 Motherboard

ASUS announced the immediate availability of the AM4 based Crosshair VI Extreme motherboard. If you want to build a beastly Ryzen rig with all the bells and whistles, this motherboard will probably be of interest to you.

This motherboard is also equipped with a dedicated base-clock generator designed specifically for Ryzen processors. Dubbed "Pro Clock Technology," this custom solution works in tandem with the motherboard's TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) to enhance voltage and base-clock overclocking control.

Fighting Tuberculosis with GPUs and Deep Learning

For those in developing countries with tuberculosis, the difference between life and death often comes down to having a physician with the expertise to properly read chest X-rays. And the numbers show that many are dying of the disease unnecessarily. TB has passed HIV/AIDS as the world’s top infectious killer, with the World Health Organization estimating that 1.8 million people died from the disease in 2015. Some 95 percent of those deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries where access to radiological expertise is often minimal. A pair of researchers at Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University aim to change that. By combining their passions for chest X-rays and deep learning, Paras Lakhani, an assistant professor of radiology, and Baskaran Sundaram, a professor of radiology, may have opened the door to stemming the incidence of TB.

Intel Democratizes Deep Learning Application Development

Today, Intel launched the Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick, the world’s first USB-based deep learning inference kit and self-contained artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator that delivers dedicated deep neural network processing capabilities to a wide range of host devices at the edge. Designed for product developers, researchers and makers, the Movidius Neural Compute Stick aims to reduce barriers to developing, tuning and deploying AI applications by delivering dedicated high-performance deep-neural network processing in a small form factor.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Official Trailer For Netflix's Bright

This looks pretty damn interesting. What do you think?

Blizzard Dropping XP and Vista Support

Wait, Blizzard still supports Windows XP and Vista? Whoddathunkit?

Starting in October of this year, we will begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Microsoft ceased mainstream support for these versions of Windows in 2009 and 2012, respectively, but since a decent portion of our audience was still using them at the time, we continued supporting them. However, there have been three major Windows releases since Vista, and at this point, the vast majority of our audience has upgraded to one of the newer versions. 

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11 GB

FunkyKit just published a review of the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC2 GAMING 11 GB today. If you are video card shopping, it doesn't get much better than this.

To be quite frank, this graphics card left me awestruck at its shear brute force power as it chewed through our testing suite. That being stated, it was not just the relentless performance that captured my stargaze. You see, EVGA has also massively improved the cooling system for these new powerhouse graphics cards as well. 

Thermaltake Offers Up A Tempered Glass View 21

Thermaltake has once again expanded its LCS Certified line of chassis with the addition of the View 21 Tempered Glass Edition.

If this chassis looks familiar, that’s because the Thermaltake View 21 Tempered Glass Edition was on display in Taipei at Computex 2017. At that time, very few details were available beyond what we could see at the company's booth, which was that it sported two 4mm tempered glass side panels and a clear plastic front fascia. 

DOOM Patch; Free DLC; Price Drop; Free Weekend

Wow, props to the folks at Bethesda and id Software for this one!!! Head on over to Blue's News (where else?) for all the news! 

First off, there's a new version 6.66 patch with an update they say unlocks "the ultimate DOOM experience." This post has detailed patch notes as well as a full FAQ explaining everything that's changed. This makes all the game's multiplayer DLC free to all players, revises the progressions system, adds a new rune system to replace the hack module system, adds enhanced kill notifications, and resets all players' multiplayer level back to zero. 

Cooler Master MasterMouse S Gaming Mouse Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at Mad Shrimps have Cooler Master's MasterMouse S gaming mouse in house for a little review action today.
The mouse did feel very comfortable during use but regarding the grip modes Cooler Master is mentioning (Palm & Claw), we have only seen the Claw grip usable given the size of the mouse. The Palm grip should only work if you have small hands, but in most cases, it is out of the question. The cable solution coming with this particular model is very sturdy but this fact also implies that it is a little bit rigid so we needed some time to get accustomed with it. 

Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240 Review

It's time once again to grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside for their review of the Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240!

GSKill Trident Z 4133Mhz RGB Review

Make sure you guys head on over to Hardware Asylum and check out their review of GSKill's Trident Z 4133Mhz RGB memory kit. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

When it comes to performance memory there are a variety of brands to choose from each with different product lines and product offerings with unique frequencies and module timings.  Any one of those modules will give you adequate performance in a normal gaming PC however, when it comes to overclocking the list of vendors gets reduced down to a handful.

Anidees AI5S Windowed Mid-Tower Chassis Review

Mid-tower case shopping? Well then, make sure you check out this review of the Anidees AI5S windowed ATX case at Hardware Slave.  

We’ve had a couple of Anidees chassis here at Hardwareslave for review in the past, and we really liked them. We are not just saying that because we receive review samples, but because of a couple of reasons, one of which is specific to the chassis we are reviewing today. Firstly, Anidees actively listen to feedback from enthusiasts, so, your idea may end up in a future product. Secondly, the AI5S chassis is a good example of the types of design they release.

CS:GO 2016 World Champions Still Haven't Received Prize Money

SO the million dollar question is....where did all that money go?

“The CS:GO Argentinian Team didn’t receive their payments yet, and we also never received our payments to work in the Spanish/Portuguese streaming channels,” Team Argentina’s captain, Martin Biolchi, told Compete. Team Denmark, one of the teams in the shared third-fourth place, is reportedly waiting on their prize money as well.

Fractal Design Celsius S24 AIO Cooler Review

If the Fractal Design's coolers are the same quality as their cases, the Celsius S24 all-in-one cooler should definitely be worth your hard earned money.  

Dun & Bradstreet Teams Up With Microsoft

Dun & Bradstreet, the global leader in commercial data, analytics and insights for business, is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to give companies worldwide direct access to its data through Microsoft’s cloud services. Together the companies announced the following: 

  • Dun & Bradstreet has selected Microsoft as a strategic cloud provider to accelerate the company’s digital transformation and deliver its customers more efficient and seamless access to its commercial data. Dun & Bradstreet will power core applications and build new services on Microsoft Azure, and plans to use Microsoft intelligent cloud services to modernize applications.
  • Dun & Bradstreet data will be made available within Microsoft Dynamics 365. Leveraging Microsoft’s Common Data Service, the industry-standard D-U-N-S® Number and core business data will be integrated to help joint customers qualify sales leads and stay synchronized with Dun & Bradstreet’s global business database of over 265 million business records. 
  • Dun & Bradstreet will reach Microsoft’s commercial users and prospects through a joint, co-sell arrangement focused on Dynamics 365, Dun & Bradstreet’s core business data and D&B Hoovers. 
  • The first offerings are expected to be in market later this year.